Premiere of Film Defending Gideon

  • March 18, 2013
  • 6:00 pm

On March 18th, 2013 — the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Gideon v. Wainwright — the premier of The Constitution Project’s Defending Gideon will be shown. The film takes viewers on a fascinating journey through the heady days of the Gideon decision through the present day, and examines the challenges still facing the indigent defense system.

Defending Gideon, narrated by actor Martin Sheen, will feature interviews with many who were there at the time: Retired Arnold & Porter LLP attorney Abe Krash, Bruce Jacob (who represented Florida in the case and who is now a leading advocate for reform), Walter Mondale (who, as Minnesota Attorney General, organized an amicus brief in Gideon’s favor), and Anthony Lewis, long-time New York Times columnist and author of Gideon’s Trumpet.

Refreshments will be served at 6:00 followed by a 6:30 moderated discussion and screening of the film. Cocktail reception and dinner buffet to follow.


Premiere of the film Gideon’s Promise Unfulfilled

By invitation only.


Abe Krash, Retired Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP
Stephen B. Bright, President and Senior Counsel, Southern Center for Human Rights


6:00 pm


Arnold & Porter LLP
Paul Porter Room
555 Twelfth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004-1206
  • Arnold & Porter LLP
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